Freight and passenger trains are always running in North Carolina. Once emergency brakes are applied, it takes a train traveling 55 mph more than one mile, or about 18 football fields, to stop completely (Be Rail Safe).
Stay off of the tracks.
In 2014, 5 people were killed at railroad crossings and another 20 were killed while trespassing on railroad tracks in North Carolina (North Carolina Operation Lifesaver).
Every three hours, a person or vehicle is struck by a train in the United States.
95 percent of all rail-related deaths involve drivers trying to beat a train, or people walking on railroad tracks (Operation LifeSaver).
How do you stop a train?
In an emergency, look for the blue sign. The number listed can stop the train more quickly than 911.
Stay behind the white lines if crossing guard is down or lights are flashing.
Stay alert around railroad tracks. Headphones, cell phones, or other distractions could prevent you from hearing or seeing an approaching train.
If your vehicle stalls on a railroad crossing, immediately get out and get far away from the tracks. Find the blue sign located by the railroad crossing and call the number listed – this will get you in contact with the railroad operator directly.